Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy Through Case Studies

  • 27 Apr 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
  • 10


(depends on selected options)

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NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting 

Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy Through Case Studies

Presented by:

Shana Ree Gan, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate

Adam Eigner, Ph.D., Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate


Whether you are confident or tentative about talking about sex and treating sexual issues within EFT, we’d love to have you join us.  We'll share our evolving thinking on the integration of Sex Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy through a few of our cases.     

We’ve had some excellent presentations on Sex Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy throughout the years, including last year’s fundraiser and past quarterlies, and while some of us are familiar with basic diagnosis and interventions, there are complexities in deepening the integration of these two modalities.  Adam and I have continued to evolve our thinking and practice of this integration and want to share our current work with you.  

As we’ve continued to learn and supervise, we’ve found that we can quickly outline and review sex therapy  interventions, insights and tips.  But to continuously integrate aspects of the interventions is a complex dance.   Taking an education and behavior based model and utilizing it in our emotional, present process based model has some ups and downs.  Can it be done well?  Join the conversation as we talk about our mistakes, triumphs and current working theories.  


Participants will:

A)  Through discussing case study examples, see the integration of EFT and Sex Therapy in action.

B)  Cultivate concrete ideas about how to deepen your assessment process to enrich your discussion about sex with couples.  

C)  Deepen their knowledge of working with the physiological sex cycle, including similarities and differences in working with the emotional cycle. 

D)  Increase awareness of sex related self-of-therapist issues and how they do or don’t impact your couples work.

E) Discuss a few ways to handle Sex Therapy intervention roadblocks using EFT interventions.


Shana Ree Gann, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate

I  became interested in psychology through my love of the arts, specifically modern dance. My MA is in Somatic Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy.  Because of my background, I have a particular passion for how the nonverbal influences and deepens the EFT process.  Additionally, I trained at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy and love the long term relational psychodynamic approach.  I completed the CIIS sex therapy certification program and am working towards national sex therapy certification. My first modality love is EFT and I’ve been on a quest to keep the integrity of the model while also deepening client’s conversations about sex and sexual issues. Personally, I have a 20-year yoga based mindfulness practice, and a recent passion for tango both of which inform my psychotherapy work.   

Adam Eigner, Ph.D. Certified EFT Therapist and EFT Supervisor Candidate

I entered my career three decades ago focused on addressing domestic violence and sexual trauma.  Starting from this trauma/dysfunction place led me to get interested in what actually makes for healthy relationships. I began training in John Gottman’s nuts and bolts communication approach and learning about sexual diversity and behavioral sex therapy at the San Francisco Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Finding these approaches only partially satisfying, I eventually learned about the attachment approach and settled on EFT as my guiding light in psychotherapy and sex therapy work. EFT as an organizing principle has led to gratifying work with a practice in Emeryville and San Francisco with couples and individuals focusing on relational and sexual issues, as well as enjoying sharing this work through supervising.

10:00 AM - Networking and Professional Socialization (not included in CE credits)
10:30 AM - NCCEFT Announcements (not included in CE credits)

10:50 AM - Training begins
11:50 AM - 10-minute break (not included in CE credits)

12:00 noon - Training resumes
1:00 PM - Training ends

This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.

This presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Level is introductory to intermediate.

This training is free to members, who will receive Continuing Education (CE) credit at no charge.  This training is available to non-members for $10, and CE credit is available for an additional $25.  Payment may be made by cash or check made out to NCCEFT.  As payment is collected at the door, no refunds or cancellations are available.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;

Psychologists:  The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337

Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.


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